Difficult travel expected in southeast Minnesota on Monday morning
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists in southeast Minnesota will experience difficult driving conditions beginning Monday morning as heavy snow and mixed precipitation falls overnight, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
A Winter Storm Watch includes Freeborn, Steele, Rice, Dodge, Olmsted, Mower, Fillmore, , Goodhue, Winona and Wabasha counties.
The National Weather Service forecasts that precipitation will begin to increase Sunday night as an icy wintry mix or snow changes over to all snow by midmorning on Monday. The heaviest precipitation is expected to arrive Monday morning and continue into Monday afternoon. Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected, along with icing up to 1/10 of an inch, according to the National Weather Service.
Motorists should consult weather and road information before traveling on Monday to understand weather conditions on their route. MnDOT’s road conditions map is at www.511mn.org.
In southeast Minnesota there are 102 snowplows that work the state highways in the 11-county MnDOT District 6. MnDOT will deploy snowplows in southeast Minnesota at midnight Sunday and are expected to work until noon on Monday when a new shift of drivers will take over. In southeast Minnesota, MnDOT plows 3,774 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 31 miles.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/workzone/winter.html.